Our Staff

Lauren Moreno

Lauren Moreno, D.V.M

Veterinarian/Owner

Dr. Moreno grew up in a small town in western New York. While in graduate school studying to be an audiologist, Dr. Moreno worked at a veterinary clinic, which was always her true passion. She could never seem to tear herself away from the veterinary clinic or the animals and after three and a half years in audiology, she returned to school to take prerequisites for veterinary school.

Dr. Moreno’s advanced degrees include a B.A. in Biology and a M.S. in Audiology. She graduated and received her D.V.M. from North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2004. Her special interest in veterinary medicine is neurology. Dr. Moreno receives great satisfaction from witnessing the bond that develops between humans and their pets.

Dr. Moreno shares her home with her goldendoodle named Murphy, two cats named Romeo and Little Pete, and a red-eared slider named Theo.

Annie Custer, D.V.M.

Dr. Custer grew up on a beef and Christmas tree farm in rural West Virginia. Most of her best childhood memories revolve around the animals which she helped take care of on the family farm. It was her grandparents who passed their love and respect for animals and devotion to the farm onto her.

Dr. Custer's veterinary career started when she began volunteering for the local veterinarian while she was in grade school. She started in the kennels and in 1981 finally achieved her dream of going to veterinary school.

Dr. Custer graduated from the University of Georgia in 1985. She has practiced in Georgia, Montana, West Virginia and Massachusetts. She has enjoyed practicing both large and small animal medicine.

Since moving to New England in 1992, Dr. Custer has focused on small animal medicine. She has a special interest in dentistry, surgery and nutrition. She enjoys a close working relationship with her clients and feels an informed owner can help her make the best decisions for their precious companions.

Dr. Custer shares her life with her two beagles, Rudy and Randy; three cats, Oliver, who was adopted from People for Animals League, and Whiskers and Kibbles, who were rescued as feral kittens. Her life would not be complete without the love, compassion and understanding from her husband Ed and her two sons, Taylor and Patrick.

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Lisa Mulryan, D.V.M.

Dr. Mulryan grew up in Longmeadow, Massachusetts. She loved taking riding lessons and hanging around with horses, dogs and cats at the barn. Early on, she decided that veterinary medicine would be her lifelong dream. Dr. Mulryan earned her BS in Animal Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She then earned her DVM in 2004 at the Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine.

Since graduating, Dr. Mulryan has enjoyed practicing in different communities in Massachusetts while starting and raising her family with her husband Mike. She currently spends the remainder of her work week playing chef, housekeeper and chaperone for her sons, Parker and Corwin, and her daughters, Arwen and Willow.

The Mulryans share their lives with 2 dogs, Jazz and Ahsoka; 4 cats, Fred, George, Luna and Tonks; and numerous fish. Dr. Mulryan is thrilled to be joining the HVC team!

Amanda Lajzer, D.V.M.

Dr. Lajzer grew up in Wilbraham, Massachusetts. She was first introduced to veterinary medicine through riding and caring for horses. While in college, she worked at small animal clinic and developed a passion for small animal veterinary medicine.

Dr. Lajzer earned her Bachelor's degree at University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She graduated from St. George’s University in Grenada in 2015. Her clinical year of vet school was spent at The Ohio State University. After vet school,

Dr. Lajzer returned to New England and began her career at a mixed animal practice in Connecticut. In 2017 she transitioned to small animal, and worked at multiple small animal practices in western Ma.

Dr. Lajzer shares her home with her fiance, her dog Stevie, and her two cats Snickers and Herbie.

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Amy Boulette

C.V.T.

Amy has worked at HVC since September 2013. She became a Certified Veterinary Technician after graduating from Becker College in 1995. She has worked in several different small animal clinics, but has especially enjoyed the clientele and animals at HVC.

When not working, Amy likes to garden, go canoeing or kayaking, and has even tried beekeeping. Amy has three dogs, one cat, chickens and fish.

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Jill Van Hoven

Technician

Jill has worked in the veterinary field for many years. She attended Becker College to study interior design only to realize that her true passion is animal care, starting her veterinary career in 1995. In 2005 she began work at HVC and remained at the practice when purchased by Dr. Moreno in 2013.

Jill shares her home with three indoor cats. In her spare time, Jill likes to read, cook, kayak and spend time with her family and friends.

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Elise Gothing

Technician

Elise studied veterinary medicine at Becker College. She did her internship at HVC in 2007 before becoming an employee of the clinic in 2008.

Elise is a valued employee at HVC and enjoys serving the pets and people of the Hubbardston area.

She shares her home with her black lab mix, Ozzy.

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CHELSEA RICHARD

Technician

Chelsea has been in the veterinary field for several years. She started out working at a doggy daycare where she immediately realized her passion for animal care. She is currently enrolled in the Penn Foster program and is working her way towards becoming a Certified Veterinary Technician.

Along with her husband, she shares her home with their dog, Hunter, and cat, Moose.

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GINA RUUD

Technician

Gina has worked in the veterinary field since 2004 in both general practice and emergency medicine.

In her free time, when she is not working as a Registered Nurse or a Veterinary Technician, she enjoys four-wheeling, camping and relaxing.

Gina lives in Hubbardston where she was born and raised and has many animals including dogs, cats, chickens and goats.

 

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Alicia Bedau

Receptionist

Alicia has always had a passion for animals, especially those needing extra TLC, so we feel was destined for a veterinary clinic. She was thrilled to join our team in 2022 after working for many years caring for dogs. She is enjoying getting to know our clients and their pets and experiencing the inner workings of a veterinary clinic.

At home she lives with her three canine fur babies, Finn, Odie, and Amy, and two pet turkeys.

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Christine McKelvie

Receptionist

After raising her children and working many years in retail and pharmacy, Christine joined the HVC team in 2013.

In her free time, she enjoys walking, hiking, reading, and spending time with her family.  She also enjoys music, especially when it's performed by her sons, Josh and Jake!

Christine shares her home with her husband, Brian, her daughter, Joely, and two dogs, Mabel and Molly.

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Joely McKelvie

ASSISTANT

Joely has worked at HVC since 2020. Her duties include assisting the doctors and technicians as well as helping out at the front desk.

Joely is a high school senior in a dual-enrollment program, working towards earning her high school diploma and Associate's degree in Biology.

In her free time, Joely enjoys hiking, listening to music, and playing with her two dogs, Mabel and Molly.